Patt Morrison for May 29, 2006

1973 Nervous Breakdown

The year was 1973. Jesus Christ Super Star was released, bell-bottoms and disco invaded the dance floors and the Sears Tower became the tallest building in the world. It was a watershed year that marked the end of the 60's and the beginning of a new cultural sensibility. For Americans, it represented a year of shattering political crisis, marked by defeat in Vietnam, Roe v. Wade, and the Watergate hearings. Andreas Killen joins Patt Morrison for a look back at this remarkable era, and its impact on today. His latest book is called, 1973 Nervous Breakdown (Bloomsbury).
We open the virtual scrapbook of memory on Memorial day by recalling the laid-back folk sounds of the Byrds, Joni Mitchell, and Crosby Stills, Nash and Yong, all coming out of that rustic music factory, Laurel Canyon. Patt speaks with Michael Walker, the author of Laurel Canyon: The Inside Story of Rock and Roll's Legendary Neighborhood (Faber and Faber).
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